John H. Westman has Been Serving Our Community Since 2004
John Westman has a proven track record of serving our community for over 15 years. John’s service, past and present, includes roles on the following Boards and Commissions:
Webster Township Board:
The seven-member Board of Trustees is the overall governing body of the township. John Westman was first elected as a Township Trustee in 2004, and has continued to serve as a Trustee ever since, having been reelected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Please review the “John’s Major Accomplishments” section to learn more about his service to the community on the Township Board.
Webster Township Planning Commission:
John has served as a member of the Webster Township Planning Commission for over a decade. The Planning Commission is responsible for drafting the Master Plan which provides direction for the future of the Township. This document is reviewed and revised as necessary once every five years. Citizen input is actively solicited during this review process. The Planning Commission is currently completing this review. John has been involved in three Master Plan reviews during his tenure on the Planning Commission, and has helped to frame Webster Township’s core values of staying true to its rural heritage, protecting agriculture and open space in our Township, and protecting citizens’ property rights from unnecessary regulation. The Planning Commission is also responsible for the review and approval of site plans for major developments proposed within the Township. John has a wealth of experience in site plan review. His diligence in this capacity is very much appreciated by the Planning Commission Chair, Andrea Zamansky. Learn more about the highlights of John’s career on the Planning Commission under “John’s Major Accomplishments”.
Webster Township Farmland And Open Space Preservation Board (PDR)
John is a long-time advocate for land preservation through the purchase of development rights. In the early 2000’s John worked with John Allison, Ann Arbor Township Trustee, on a committee to promote the establishment of PDR programs in Webster and other local townships.
John is currently chair of the very successful Webster Township Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board. John has served on the PDR Board for many years. The PDR Board facilitates preservation of farm land and open space by purchasing the development rights from local landowners who wish to see their lands protected from development. The PDR Board is comprised of five volunteer members and is supported by Barry Lonik, a local land preservation expert and consultant. John has chaired the PDR Board for most of its existence.
John was one of the earliest advocates for land preservation in Webster Township. While on the Planning Commission, he was able to draft a Farmland and Open Space Land Preservation ordinance that was approved and adopted by the Township Board. At first, there was no funding available, so the program was “in name” only. Subsequently, John proposed and supported a .5 mil, five-year millage, which was then passed by our residents with 70% support. Since that time, two additional millages have passed by large margins. Total funds generated within our Township will be approximately $3.9 million dollars. And, due to John’s work seeking to leverage those funds at no cost to residents, each dollar of our Township’s PDR funding is leveraged at a rate of 5 to 1 from partner organizations and landowners – this means that for each dollar Webster puts toward land preservation, we receive five additional dollars from outside sources, at no cost to our residents. Due to John’s tireless work supporting land preservation, over $19 million dollars will have been made available for PDR when the current millage expires in 2024 – most of this coming from outside sources. Learn more about John’s Land Preservation efforts under “John’s Major Accomplishments”.
Dexter Area Fire Board:
John has served on the Fire Board since 2004. The Dexter Area Fire Department is overseen by the DAFD Administrative Board (also known as the Fire Board). This seven-member Board provides for the administrative and financial support of the Fire Department. Day to day operations are managed by the Fire Chief hired by the Board.
The Fire Department is currently comprised of three separate municipalities: the City of Dexter, Dexter Township and Webster Township. Over the past 15 years John has served as Chair and Vice Chair as well as an individual member of the Board. John has participated in the negotiation of union contacts with the Firefighters Union. He is well respected and maintains an excellent working relationship with the Fire Chief, as well as the officers and firefighters of the Department. To learn more about John’s activities on the Fire Board, please see “John’s Major Accomplishments”.
Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority (LASA)
John Westman has served on the Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority since 2004. LASA is a public utility responsible for providing water and wastewater services to Loch Alpine. The LASA Administrative Board is comprised of three members from the Webster Township Board of Trustees, three members from the Scio Township Board of Trustees and a seventh member representing the Loch Alpine Improvement Association. This Board oversees all aspects of water and wastewater operations for Loch Alpine. John has been involved in decision making regarding rate setting for current customers, determination of tap-in fees for new customers and strategic planning for upgrades to and long-term maintenance of the existing infrastructure.